Strategic Sustainable Development for the Stationary Power Sector: Is Carbon Capture and Storage a Strategic Investment for the Future?
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
An examination of the stationary power sector is performed using The Natural Step framework and Sustainability Principles (SP), in order to aid decision makers in developing policy to balance energy needs while reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in order to address climate change. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is evaluated for its sustainability aspects, and is found to be a potentially sustainable approach which can be a bridging technology to a more sustainable energy mix, as well as a remediation technology which can remove CO2 from the atmosphere when utilized in combination with biomass fuel. Initial actions for restructuring the stationary power sector should emphasise demand reduction and efficiency efforts, followed by switching to renewable energy sources. If the first two strategies can not provide sufficient CO2 reductions, then investments in CCS technology may be an appropriate choice. CCS with coal-fired power can be a means to decouple CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use, but other SP violations associated with coal use must also be fully addressed before this strategy can be considered a truly sustainable option.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. , 113 p.
Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Capture and Storage, Stationary Power, Policy, Strategic Sustainable Development, Sustainability Principles
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:bth-2382Local ID: oai:bth.se:arkivex82FEBEBFDC26DB88C1257309005ABDE8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-2382DiVA: diva2:829654
SLASL (Master programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law